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  • In Memoriam: Chad Hanks

    In Memoriam: Chad Hanks

    American Head Charge bassist Chad Hanks has died after fighting a terminal disease. He was 46 years old. Hanks co-founded the Minneapolis-based band in 1997 and, along with frontman Cameron Heacock, was one of only two consistent members throughout the group’s history. He’s featured on the band’s self-released debut, Trepanation, as well as The War... »

  • Blasko To Join Ozzy Osbourne on Farewell World Tour

    Blasko To Join Ozzy Osbourne on Farewell World Tour

    Just months after playing his final concert with Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne has announced his own Farewell World Tour that’s slated to last into 2020. The metal pioneer may be finishing up his time on the road, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be done with music altogether. “People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” he... »

  • Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Five-String Bolt-On Bass

    Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette Five-String Bolt-On Bass

    Back in May we shared an incredible bass by Frederiek de Vette. Shockingly, it was her first ever build. Now she’s followed up with her second bass that looks just as stunning. We’ll let her tell you the story: “For this build, my second, I decided on a five string fretted bass with a bolt-on... »

  • Levy’s Leathers Introduces the Onyx Strap

    Levy’s Leathers Introduces the Onyx Strap

    Levy’s Leathers has expanded their line of guitar straps with the Onyx, a model they say offers deep, rich colors and comfort thanks to a special process. “The Onyx utilizes a unique process transforming firm veg-tan leather into a thick supple leather that needs no breaking in period – it’s super comfortable from day one,”... »

  • OnkartGromt Introduces the Grompressor Pedal

    OnkartGromt Introduces the Grompressor Pedal

    Norway’s OnkartGromt has released a new compressor called the Grompressor, which the company describes as an advanced compressor that is very useful for bassists. “With options to control Input Level, Threshold, Attack, Release, Ratio, and Output Gain it is almost like a plugin in a DAW,” says pedal builder Øyvind Mjanger. “You can also save... »

  • Oteil Burbridge’s “Water In The Desert” Now Available

    Oteil Burbridge’s “Water In The Desert” Now Available

    Oteil Burbridge’s unique blend of funk, rock, jazz and more is crystallized in his new solo album, Water in the Desert. The album, which was 10 years in the making, revolves around the theme of love that is summed up in the title track. “[The song, “Water in the Desert”] is the central theme of... »

  • Bag End Introduces Nebula S15-N Bass Cabinet

    Bag End Introduces Nebula S15-N Bass Cabinet

    Bag End has announced the Nebula S15-N bass cabinet. Created to be compact, the model features a rear vented design with a single 15-inch driver for up to 600 watts of power. It weighs 46 pounds and measures at 18″x18″x15″. The cab is constructed with 15mm thick birch plywood covered in their Nebula finish, which... »

  • Mission Engineering Introduces the 529 USB Pedal Power Supply

    Mission Engineering Introduces the 529 USB Pedal Power Supply

    Mission Engineering has introduced an innovative new pedal board power converter called the Mission 529. Instead of utilizing a 9-volt power supply, the unit uses USB power. “Since USB is so popular and pervasive, there is a huge choice of different wall chargers, batteries, and other USB power ports, with a wide range of features... »

  • Cannibal Corpse Releases “Red Before Black”

    Cannibal Corpse Releases “Red Before Black”

    Legendary death metal band Cannibal Corpse has returned with their fourteenth album, Red Before Black. Anchored by bassist Alex Webster, the new album sees the return of producer Erik Rutan, who previously worked on 2006’s Kill, 2009’s Evisceration Plague, and 2012’s Torture. The new release is a return to their more visceral sound. “We always... »

  • Fodera Reveals Masterbuilt Southwest Bass

    Fodera Reveals Masterbuilt Southwest Bass

    Shortly after announcing the Woodblock, Fodera has unveiled their third Masterbuilt bass for 2017. The Southwest was designed by the company’s Emily Krohn and is inspired by the “textiles, textures, and colors of the American Southwest.” “To accomplish this look and theme, we chose various woods including Spruce, Bloodwood, Ebony, and Mahogany – capturing the... »